One Oracle exec said there should be only one Linux distribution — Red Hat — and claimed there will be no fragmentation of that code base.
In an interview with the Linux Foundation recently, Oracle’s chief corporate architect said Oracle Unbreakable Linux is not a product but a support program and he believes that there ought to be only one Linux distribution — his rival’s code base.
Red Hat gets a lot of credit for being a pureplay open-source company, and rightly so. It's therefore interesting to see the company releasing code that most probably a) didn't know existed and b) didn't know was proprietary.
But so it is with the Red Hat Certificate System, which Red Hat acquired from AOL a few years back, and which Red Hat has now released under an open-source license (actually, it is released under several, given the different components in the Certificate System). RHCS, now dubbed "Dogtag," plays a useful role in securing systems.
RED Hat's new chief executive said the company will continue to pursue a business model under which it makes its software available at no cost and makes money selling services to businesses.
"We are a mission-based company. Democratising information is a social good," chief executive James Whitehurst said in an interview with Reuters. "We will be open source. We will be the leader in open source."
Last month he was named CEO of Red Hat, the world's largest publicly held developer of open-source software.
For the fifth year, CIO Insight polled IT executives on how well their major vendors deliver business value, reliability and quality. This year's winner? The No. 1 vendor? None other than Linux distributor Red Hat.
Red Hat announced a partnership with Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN).com Wednesday to offer its latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 as a beta service through Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud. The online Amazon service supplies an expandable, on-call computer resources to users who seek to scale up their applications without building out their data center.
Red Hat's partnership with Amazon was just one aspect of a multi-pronged initiative, dubbed Linux Automation.